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Looking for the Truth

Wow, this week has been busy as we have had all of the events of our summer reading program swirling around us; it has been wonderful! As there was so little time in between the decision to have an onsite summer reading program and actually implementing the program, we are doing a lot of flying by the seat of our pants. You can still come in and sign up for the program and the chance to win a bunch of cool prizes and play games that have weekly winners. I know lots of things are going on, but Dan, Dan the Magic Man will be here Thursday, July 9 at the Christian Church at 10:00 AM, and we would love to have you in attendance. He is a favorite of both children and adults. Come join us as we go through our untraveled maze; we don’t even know all the details! We do know we were wanting to have most of the programming outside, but it is just too hot and, as you well know, that is the truth.

cartoon detective with magnifying glassSpeaking of TRUTH! In the year 2020, a year that seems to signify being able to see clearly, nearly everything has been wrapped in murky layers of deceit and deception. Being able to find the 100% undiluted truth seems to be on the wrong side of possible.

I know I am not the only one who is saddened by those who feel the need to erase the existence of our history. There is absolutely no arguing the point that this country has some history that we certainly cannot take pride in. Doing away with statues and the written word that portrays our history does not change what has happened, it only takes away from the opportunity to learn from the mistakes our ancestors made and make sure we don’t repeat them. It shows us the kind of leadership that creates a thriving country and examples of leadership to avoid.

I would like to start a project here at Lincoln Library. We have a shelf that has a lot of empty space and we are going to dedicate it to history books that are truthfully written. I want books that have no right or left slant, no Democrat or Republican twist, just 100% truth.

This is a public library. We want this library to have available what the public wants and needs. If it’s a book you can live vicariously through and enjoy a good story about fictitious people on a fictitious beach having a fictitiously happy summer, we want to be able to supply that book. If it’s a mystery to get your mind racing through the mayhem and trying to figure out who the murderer is before the last page of the book, we want to be able to accommodate you. If it is the truth you are looking for, whether for your own search or the drive to make certain your children know the truth about our history, we want that to be available to you also.

I would love for this to be a community effort through suggestions, donations, and fact checking. The goal of this project will not be completion, but a continuing effort in building a collection of history books that accurately describe and depict our history. I want these books to be the whole truth and nothing but the truth. What is the absolute truth that led up to the masses of people marching meekly to their deaths in the gas chambers of World War II. I want books about the reasons for World War I and why there was such a high number of causalities. I want books about the Civil War. It has become so apparent in recent events that there are a lot of people out there whose knowledge of the Civil War would not quite fill a snack-size baggie. We need to know about black slavery and white slavery. We need to know about the difference between indentured servants and chattel slavery. And to go further back, how about the Revolutionary War? They fought to established freedom for this country. What are the myths and legends that we believe, but are not grounded in truth? We need to continue to go back to when the settlers began coming to this country. What atrocities were the indigenous people subjected to because of greed, and why was the horrible treatment allowed to continue as “civilization” slowly crept westward?

Maybe, if we know the truth, both good and bad, and acknowledge that it is a part of our history, we can work together to make sure the bad is not repeated and the good can be used as a foundation to be built on.

We want to hear your suggestions of books that would be an excellent part of this collection. We want your assistance in building a collection of books that can be used to find the truth about the past that hopefully will help us build a better future!

Summer Reading Program Sign-up Starts June 22

book display and reading program banner

The Lincoln Library is open! Come on in; we are limiting the number of patrons to 10 at any given time and so far, it has worked out wonderfully well!

As we stumble into June, hopefully, we can find some semblance of normal. The staff of Lincoln Library is in the middle of pooling ideas, searching out crafts, creating games, and gathering awards and prizes. Although many libraries are doing their summer reading program online, the young patrons I have talked to are not interested in participating in a program on their computers. Soooooooo, we are going to move forward with an on-site program that, optimistically, will be fun-filled and memory-making, while staying within the guidelines!

We will be doing sign-up for our Summer Reading Program during the week of June 22, Monday through Friday! Sign-up will take place outside under the porch of the building just north of us (the Mason building) which we purchased last August. We will also be doing the program outside this year! On Tuesdays, we will have a program at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM for children 5 and up. These programs will be the same and will give us the opportunity to see whether patrons prefer coming in the mornings or afternoons. We will be doing programming for 4 and under on Thursdays at 10:00 AM. We will also be doing some crafting on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM for those old enough to independently sit and participate.

With the events being held outdoors, we will be able to include refreshments into the activities of the days! We would delight in and welcome all donations of small bottles of water, and other individually packaged drinks and snacks. We would also be happy to help you out if you are looking to rehome crafts of any kind.

We are excited about seeing all of our patrons and are looking forward to spending some time with everyone through the summer reading program. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, we would love to hear them.

Doors Unlocked, Limited Patrons Starting June 1

Front door of the libraryI have so appreciated the patience of our patrons these past few weeks!!! Everyone has been wonderful as we have maneuvered through the uncharted COVID-19 minefield. I have never been so happy to live in rural America.

We have been taking appointments and having one patron come in at a time. Beginning June 1, we will leave our door unlocked, but will limit the number of patrons in the library at any given time to 10. This will allow adults to come in and read the paper or work on a computer. Due to the circumstances, we are not allowing children to play on the computers at this time.

If all goes well and there are no weird happenings, we will open the library on June 15. We will continue to clean the premises and materials and quarantine the materials for 7 days, as well as monitoring the number of people in the library!

We will begin the sign-up for the Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 22, beginning at 10:00 AM, through June 25. Of course, we will continue to sign up patrons during the early part of the 6-week program. This year’s program is going to be a lot different than years before. I was wanting to make a few changes and step just a little ways outside the box, but due to the events of the past few weeks, the perimeter of the box is a dim line in the distance.

The theme this year is “Imagine Your Story”, which is fitting with the amount of the imagination going into the planning of this year’s summer reading program!

We should have the majority of the planning done in the next few days and I will be happy to share all the details in next week’s column. We are going to have a good time!!!